Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – or so they say. If that’s truly the case, the Eagles should be blushing over how much the Bears clearly respect the way Philadelphia transformed its once talent-poor roster into a Super Bowl winner in just a few years. Chicago started down the same path as the Eagles last offseason, and has continued to follow the blueprint this time around.

Just like the Eagles and Carson Wentz, the Bears’ plan is centered around a young quarterback in Mitch Trubisky, and started with the dramatic trade up last year to snag him with the No. 2 overall pick.

The Rams gave up more to get Peters. They surrendered a 2018 4th-round pick and 2019 2nd-round pick for Peters. Talent-wise, he’s worth it, but Peters had issues with the Chiefs, which led them to part ways with him. The big question is whether the Rams can keep him in line to ensure they get a good return from him on the field. The Rams also retained cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, signed Sam Shields, and tagged safety Lamarcus Joyner.

Tyler Eifert wasn’t sure what free agency would be like.

The 27-year-old tight end is healthy, for March, but after back surgeries ended 2016 and 2017 prematurely and with additional surgeries to his knee and ankle the last two years, he knew teams might view him with a wary eye.

As other tight ends moved around the league on multi-year deals, Eifert watched. He saw the years and numbers flying around, but things heated up for him Thursday.

“But at the end of the day I knew where I wanted to be, which was with the Bengals,” he said. “From the beginning, I told everyone that it would take something pretty special for me to leave. It would have to be an obvious decision.”

He did have a decision to make, though. Multiple league sources told The Enquirer Eifert had to decide between the Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams.

But Eifert wanted to remain in Cincinnati. canucks_004